Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy’s uncertain future, by the country’s most perceptive and fearless political journalist.

In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.

Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the “dangerously bright” alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the “Racial Holy War” to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology, but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, “bloviating and farting his way” through the campaign, “saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next.” For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement.

Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight.

“Scathing . . . What keeps the pages turning in this so freshly familiar story line is the vivid observation and original turns of phrase.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525511151
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 493,298
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matt Taibbi, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement, is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 The Great Derangement Redux 3

2 Inside the GOP Clown Car 19

3 Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny 37

4 The Republicans Are Officially the Party of White Paranoia 45

5 Casting Clown Car, the Movie 53

6 The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules, Part 2 67

7 The Case for Bernie Sanders 73

8 The Clown Car Rolls On 81

9 America Is Too Dumb for TV News 97

10 It's Too Late to Turn Off Trump 105

11 The Official GOP Debate Drinking Game Rules, Part 5 111

12 The Vampire Squid Tells Us How to Vote 117

13 Morning Blow: How Mika and Joe Became Trump's Lapdogs 125

14 How America Made Trump Unstoppable 131

15 Revenge of the Simple: How George W. Bush Gave Rise to Donald Trump 157

16 Why Young People Are Right About Hillary Clinton 163

17 RIP, GOP: How Trump's Campaign Is Killing the Republican Party 171

18 Democrats Will Learn All the Wrong Lessons from Their Brush with Bernie 191

19 In Response to Trump, Another Dangerous Movement Appears 197

20 Trump's Appetite for Destruction: How Trump's Disastrous Convention Doomed the GOP 205

21 The Summer of the Media Shill 225

22 How Donald Trump Lost His Mojo 233

23 The Unconquerable Trump 253

24 The Failure and Fury of Donald Trump 261

25 President Trump: How America Got It So Wrong 279

26 President Obama's Last Stand 289

Epilogue 295

Acknowledgments 313

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